Squit Sounds releases Precision guitar synth & Talkbot guitar talkbox

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Squit Sounds Precision

Squit Sounds has announced the release of its Precision guitar synthesizer and Talkbot, a guitar vocoder/talkbox application for Windows and Mac.

Precision is a standalone application that will take the pitch of a standard electric guitar, and use it to trigger notes on a synthesiser. Precision works with other instruments too (with varying degree’s of success).

Precision features

  • 4 x Oscillators.
  • 3 x Envelopes.
  • 3 x LFO.
  • 2 Filter with 4 filter shapes.
  • FX Section (reverb, delay, bitcrusher, distortion, chorus).
  • Metronome and Record function.
  • Preset save and recall.
  • WAV player – don’t play an instrument? You can play an audio recording through the synth instead.
  • Updates for life – links to future downloads of Precision will be emailed to you for life.

Talkbot is a vocoder/talkbox effect designed for electric guitar.

SquitSounds Talkbot

Talkbot is a standalone application that takes the signal from your microphone, and combines it with the pitch of a standard electric guitar, allowing you to shape the sound with your mouth.

Talkbot features

  • 3 x Oscillators.
  • Filter with 4 filter shapes.
  • Delay.
  • Reverb.
  • Metronome and Record function.
  • Sample input – don’t have a microphone? Switch to sample mode, and try some acapella audio recordings.

Precision and Talkbot are available as standalone applications for Windows and Mac, priced at £20 GBP and £15 GBP respectively. A bundle of both costs £30 GBP.

More information: Squit Sounds

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Antares releases AVOX 4 vocal toolkit

Antares

Antares has announced the release of AVOX 4, the fourth generation of the Antares Vocal Toolkit.

AVOX 4 is fully 64-bit compatible and includes AAX Native versions of all of the AVOX plug-ins. In addition, AVOX 4 now includes Mic Mod EFX Classic Microphone Modeler, for a total of eleven unique vocal processing plug-ins.

AVOX 4 features

  • Harmony Engine Evo Vocal Modeleing Harmony Generator – The quickest, easiest tool for creating realistic harmonies.
  • Mic Mod EFX Classic Microphone Modeler – lets the mics you own sound like the mics you wish you owned.
  • MUTATOR Evo Extreme Voice Designer- the ideal tool for unique vocal special effects and post-production sound design.
  • ARTICULATOR Evo Digital Talkbox – perfect for talking guitars, singing synths, whispering voices, and a wide range of special effects.
  • WARM Tube Saturation Generator – warms up vocals with Antares’ world-renowned analog tube modeling technology.
  • ASPIRE Evo Aspiration Noise Processor – the world’s first tool for modifying a voice’s breathiness independently of its harmonic content.
  • THROAT Evo Physical Modeling Vocal Designer – subtly (or radically) re-sculpt vocal characteristics with a meticulously crafted physical model of the human vocal tract.
  • DUO Evo Vocal Modeling Auto-Doubler – automatically generates a doubled vocal part with unmatched ease and realism.
  • CHOIR Evo Vocal Multiplier – turns a single voice into up to 32 distinct individual unison voices; assign instances of CHOIR to voices singing harmony and voila, instant choir.
  • PUNCH Evo Vocal Impact Enhancer – gives your vocal more dynamic impact, allowing it to cut through a dense mix with clarity and power.
  • SYBIL Evo Variable Frequency De-Esser – tames vocal sibilance with a flexible compressor and a variable sidechain frequency to match any vocal performance.

AVOX 4 is available to purchase for $399 USD. Upgrades to AVOX 4 and all of the individual AVOX plug-ins are available at the Software Upgrade Page. Those who purchased AVOX Evo, Harmony Engine Evo, Mic Mod EFX or any individual AVOX Evo plug-in after May 1st, 2013, are eligible for a free upgrade to the 64-bit version of the plug-in(s).

More information: Antares / AVOX 4

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Gospel Musicians releases Talkbox Jr.

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Gospel Musicians Talkbox Jr.

Gospel Musicians has announced the release of Talkbox Jr., a sample and synthesis library for UVI and MachFive.

The Talkbox Jr. is a tribute to the legendary sound of the late/great Roger Troutman. It is a sample library featuring the most important vowel sounds and phrases from the classic talkbox sound of the 90’s. In keeping with the 90’s theme, the library also contains some of the classic synths, basses, leads, and organ sounds of that time.

The library also includes the “official” talkbox lead patches from the Yamaha DX100, which has been used by talkbox enthusiasts all over the world. These patches are designed to be used in conjunction with your mechanical talkbox. Now, instead of using the smaller 49-key keyboard to feed the talkbox sounds, a user can use the sample library with any controller they wish.

The UVI Workstation also sports a multiple synthesis engine; as a result, Gospel Musicians converted many of the lead, bass and talkbox sounds into wavetables. This allows for greater sonic possibilities when used with Pulse-Width-Modulation.

Talkbox Jr. features

  • Sounds Include 7-Vowel Sound Presets, 5-Keyswitch Phrases, 3-Scat Phrases, 24-Talkbox Patches to be used with a real Talkbox, 22-Bass Patches, 20-Lead Patches, 6-Organ Patches, 22-Synth sounds.
  • AMP Section with velocity curve and velocity sensitivity controls.
  • Filter Section with cutoff, resonance, key tracking, and drive.
  • Tone control for talkbox formant tonal changes.
  • Multiple portamento and glide modes.
  • Dedicated Sub Oscillator.
  • Instant Octave switch.
  • Multiple Mod wheel sources (LFO, Tremolo, Vibrato, Filter).
  • Multiple Effects section (Analog Chorus, 8-band EQ, Ping-Pong Delay, Analog Crunch, Cross Phaser, Drive, Stereo Spread, Auto-Wah).
  • Includes the enhanced Spark Reverb from MachFive.
  • Mastering section with a Compressor/Gate and Mastering section with tube.
  • Each category of sounds can be switched without loading.
  • Wavetable synthesis patches with digital options (PWM, Detune, Stereo, Spread Phase).

The Talkbox Jr. library is on sale for $99.99 USD until September 9th, 2013.

More information: Gospel Musicians / Talkbox Jr.

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Short links for May 21st, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 21st, 2008:

# Hands-on: AudioCubes as Alternative Controller for Music and Visuals – Peter Nyboer, an A/V performer, Max/MSP guru, and developer for Livid, spent some time and gives us a look inside his brain as he works out what potential the cubes might have.

Percussa AudioCubes
Percussa AudioCubes are capable of generating and processing audio and MIDI information.

# Build a Talk box inside a Toilet Plunger – With a soldering iron, a pair of computer speakers, and some plumbing equipment (including a Toilet Plunger). You can build a pretty good Talk Box (a talk box is what artists like Daft Punk use to get that Robot Voice Effect on songs like Around the World

# Apple NesRemote – Agurri turns an old NES controller in to an Apple Remote.

# Building a simple electric bass – Flickr set of Peter le Roux homemade 2 string fretless bass guitar.

# Kits : MIDIATOR : PS2 to MIDI Converter – This converts a PS2 controller into a MIDI controller. The current firmware supports remapping of the buttons to different notes or controllers.

# MIDI Controlled Sega Master System Gameplay – A device that electronically manipulates the controller port pins of the Sega Master System so that the console detects presses and depresses of buttons based on MIDI note events. Both controller ports are supported.

SynthCase

# The Electronic Peasant’s SynthCase Page – A patchable voltage-controlled analogue synthesizer. This project used recycled parts whenever possible.

This included approximately 70% of the capacitors, 60% of the switches, 50% of the integrated circuits, 90% of the connectors, and all of the power supplies, regulators, wire, enclosures, and the small hardware such as screws, bolts, washers, etc.

# Video: Honda’s Asimo Robot Conducts Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Honda recently dispatched its miniature humanoid robot Asimo to Detroit, where it conducted the Detroit Symphony. We've been looking forward to checking out video from the show ever since we heard about this, and now the videos are starting to surface.

# More iPhone: A TR-909 Clone, and Dreaming of Ableton – IR-909 is a drum machine for the iPhone inspired by the Roland TR-909. IR-909 features a 16-step sequencer, 4 patterns, 8 different drum sounds and the ability to adjust tempo(BPM) and shuffle amount.

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Short links for October 17th, 2007

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on October 17th, 2007:

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